Travel with AdventureWomen to Italy in August 2018 for a journey to Venice and Veneto, a multi-faceted region in Northern Italy and the host of three wine regions and so many natural, artistic, and historic treasures.
Begin your Italy adventure vacation in Venice, one of the most enchanting and amazing cities in the world. Venice is elegant, cultural, historic and romantic. This Rennaissance gem is the pearl of the Adriatic Sea, and every single site you visit is rich with art and culture, celebrating the rich history of this city.
Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition, and are typically worn during the Carnival of Venice, but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer’s identity and social status. Begin your day learning how to make and decorate a Venetian mask. Get creative - your mask is yours to take home!
The city of Venice maintains about 400 gondolas in active service, all of which are made by hand in boatyards, or “squero.” Although the squero isn’t open to the public, you will enjoy a view of the gondola craftsmen at work from the opposite bank of the San Trovaso Canal.
You will also have the chance to visit St. Mark’s Basilica after closing time. You will see it like no one else, as it will be opened for a private AdventureWomen visit. You’ll have the rare opportunity to go where other visitors can’t. Evening is when the mosaics are at their most beautiful, with all 43,000 square feet lit up, glimmering and sparkling in the dark.
Continue your Venice adventure by discovering the Venice the way the locals live it. Taste the delicious specialties of some in the best osterias in Venice (called “bacaro”). Savor the famous venetian “cicchetti” and tapas complemented with a glass of local wine. Visit Perenzin Dairy, an artisanal dairy and shop with a cheese bar and restaurant. The cheese in this dairy is produced by Carlo Piccoli, an Italian cheese specialist, who is very skilled and creative. You'll learn the secrets about how the cheese is manufactured and then have the chance to taste-test it yourself.
Outside the bustle of Venice, the vineyards of the Prosecco Region in Italy surround you as you travel along Italian country roads to the winery where the best Prosecco DOC in Italy is produced. Visit the winery and stroll through the cellars, wine press, and fermentation room and taste a variety of Proseccos.
Now put all your newfound Italian know-how to work! Learn how to cook Italian cuisine using traditional Venetian recipes, which differ according to the seasonal produce available. Visit a local market with the chef to purchase the fresh ingredients for the meal you will make and enjoy a delicious triumphant lunch with our group.
After your exciting time in Venice, head to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. This alpine region in Northern Italy was formed by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. Here you will spend the next four nights exploring this region and its many unique little towns. The vineyards of the Valpolicella Wine Region in Italy begin just outside the city of Verona and stretch in two directions: to the west, from the romantic home of Romeo and Juliet towards Lake Garda, and to the east, where younger, up-and-coming winemakers are making their mark.
Enjoy a wine tour, in a very special area of Valpolicella: Sant’Ambrogio. The estate is made of fewer than 20 acres of vineyard of typical Valpolicella grape varietals. You will visit the drying center and the barrique cellar.
Verona is the town of Romeo and Juliet. In Verona, there is much more to experience than Shakespeare: history, music, open-air theater, wine, and excellent food. We'll enjoy a private walking tour of Verona with our own art historian. Watch history unfold through Verona's charming streets and alleys, virtually untouched from the days when the Romans designed them here more than two thousand years ago, then visit the house of Romeo and the house of Juliet.
We continue on our way traveling to Franciacorta, a beautiful wine region surrounded by green hills and vineyards, located between Brescia and Lake Iseo. Franciacorta is the most important wine district in Italy for sparkling wine production. We celebrate the conclusion of our Italian adventure here with a private vineyard visit where we taste several, different Franciacorta wines.
This extraordinary Italian adventure vacation to Venice and Veneto in August 2018 gives you a true insiders’ view of this popular European destination and a taste of wine, cuisine, and all things "Italy"!
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- Learn how traditional Venetian masks are made and decorated by hand – then make one!
- Enjoy an Italian cooking class in an ancient Venetian palace
- Enjoy a private after-hours visit to St. Marks Basilica to see the glittering mosaics at night
- Visit Villa Monteleone in Valpolicella, a small woman-owned winery to learn about local flavors and production
- Sit down with Giuliana Longo at her cap store and learn how she makes the typical gondolier’s cap